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Attachments is your new favorite book. Set on the verge of Y2K, it is the story of a man who falls in love while working IT security and screening e-mail. Jennifer and Beth continue to e-mail each other in the conversational way that exists between good friends, even though they know it may get read by someone in IT. Occasionally, their messages are flagged by the system filter which gives Lincoln a glimpse into their lives. Aware of the hazardous nature of his actions, Lincoln cannot stop himself from reading their messages, or falling in love with Beth. Eventually their lives and interactions extend beyond the digital world, and they come face-to-face.
Beth and Jennifer are exactly the kind of women you want to be friends with. They are affectionately self-deprecating. They are also supportive and protective while giving each other the space to make their own choices and decisions. What draws both Lincoln and the reader to them is their sharp sense of humor. The women address everything, from mocking the flirt down the hall to relationship stress, with constant sarcasm and upfront honesty. Reading their exchanges makes it impossible to put Attachments down.
The stalkerish development of the relationship between Beth and Lincoln may be better suited to a Craigslist missed connection than an office romance, but that is part of what makes it so much fun to read. Both characters partake in extreme behaviors, that should be off-putting. The intense attraction between them makes their antics excusable, even though it should be setting off alarm signals for each of them. The tenuous steps they each take towards an in person meeting will appeal to introverts everywhere. Both characters will be very familiar and personal to many readers. Rowell gets everything right in the hodgepodge of events that lead these two to each other.
If you have ever fallen in love at first words, read Attachments.
Rowell, Rainbow. Attachments: A Novel. Penguin Group US, 2011. Kindle Edition.